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My wife didn't appreciate the transition I just made from The Beatles to Siouxsie And The Banshees... :-) Sep 20, 2021

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I didn’t think the built-to-spec passive pre-amp from Poland would arrive before the Class AB stereo amp from CA... lol...
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Due to inclement weather, delivery has been delayed. Hopefully it gets here Sat. If not, Monday works. :-)
        Feb 19, 2021
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Crappy weather strikes again! Delivery now set for Monday. I knew that was a possibility, but still a bummer!
        Feb 19, 2021
      5. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        That is a bummer, though now you have something to look forward to at the end of the weekend.
        Feb 20, 2021
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    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Drop + Sennheiser HD 8XX. $1,100.00. Hmm... A few years ago I would jump. Now, I’m more of a speakers guy, but still tempted!
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      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Drop's personal touch on senns has been a disappointment, I'm afraid they'll tune it to work with their THX amps are completely ruin scaling and tonality.
        Feb 18, 2021
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        An HD800S with a THX 789 may be the worst pairing I can come up with.
        Feb 18, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        tbh, I’d have a hard time spending $1.1K on HP. I think around $700 is my full stop. :-)
        Feb 19, 2021
    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Today is my wedding anniversary. I remembered to have a dozen roses delivered to my wife. I haven’t plunged off the edge to incompetence!
      1. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        2 birds with a dozen stones!
        Feb 14, 2021
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        May many more happy ones come!
        Feb 14, 2021
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    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      SVS SB-1000 Sub easy to integrate into primary system. Old sub (Klipsch R-110SW) in secondary system. Onkyo TX-8555 must go...
    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Day late, but yesterday was 40th ann. of Rush's "Moving Pictures." Spinning up the 2015 LP as I type.
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Bought a sub for primary system. SVS “SB-1000.”
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf SVS has two similar models the PB-1000 and the SB-1000. SB is sealed, PB is ported. I read sealed works better for music in smaller spaces; ported better in larger spaces and for movies.
        Feb 11, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf of course, "better" is all relative. I'm not a HUGE basshead, so I think the SB-1000 will kick ass for whatever I throw at it given my space and tastes! Prolly more bass than I could ever need!
        Feb 11, 2021
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      5. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I am spoiled for bass. I have a SB-1000 for movies and an Omega 2.1 system with an 8" sub for music. That said, I'm saving up for a BWC system eventually.
        Feb 11, 2021
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Was thinking about replacing Polk RT25i, but with sub, they are kinda fun. Will improve w/Vidar and passive pre? Will know in few weeks.
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I have a sneaking suspicion that Vidar + sub (low gain) + RT25i will preclude the need for new speakers on secondary system.
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Anyone have experience with Bellari Audio products?
      1. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        I don't, but I noticed they're a subsidiary of Rolls, and based on the one Rolls product I've used (a reach, I know) I'd expect a sturdy build but mid-fi-ish quality otherwise. Would be nice if it's a sleeper brand tho.
        Feb 7, 2021
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Saw "Rolls", and thought "Royce", and that an audio comparison would definitely be a long reach ... LOL
        Feb 8, 2021
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    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I wonder if recording a “hot mastered” CD to cassette will take some of the “edge” off? Might give it a shot. QotSA CDs, where r u?
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        try a software program that analyses the peaks and reduces the volume to the output file. I use one that is no longer available but there should be some more out there. You would be amazed at how many albums have intersample over zero peaks.
        Feb 6, 2021
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      4. bixby
        bixby
        Or you can just lower the volume digitally in the player software by 1db or 2db prior to it getting to the dac and achieve the same thing.
        Feb 6, 2021
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      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Tape saturation is like a soft limiter.
        Feb 7, 2021
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    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Recorded something to cassette for the first time in... uh...a long time. That was fun. It actually sounds good. Dolby B... Type I.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Arnold_J_Rimmer The Nak isn't going anywhere! Supposedly there will be new production Type II cassettes being made - USA & FRA. Fingers crossed.
        Feb 5, 2021
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      4. robot zombie
        robot zombie
        Funny you mention this. Just tonight I was in a CVS and what did I see behind the counter but blank cassettes.
        Feb 5, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        DR-2 -> Freya -> Taurus MkII -> HD650 (Silver Dragon cable). Rubber Soul sounds great!
        Feb 5, 2021
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Nakamichi DR-2 wow-and-flutter = .045%. Manual = +/- .06%. In to my 2nd system now. Playing 1 of 4 cassettes that survived high school.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        love my Naks! Best medium for beat tapes and vaporwave by far.
        Feb 5, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @E_Schaaf I must be getting old. I have no idea what beat tapes and vaporwave are! :-)
        Feb 5, 2021
    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m a little giddy... My Nakamichi DR-2 gets to come home from the service shop tomorrow.
      1. Arnold_J_Rimmer
        Arnold_J_Rimmer
        Are you a tape-head? I've been called a tape-worm in the past.
        Feb 4, 2021
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    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Where do you draw the line on spending for a pair of headphones? pair of speakers?
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        I've got a few hobbies and they've all followed the line of "how much can I spend without screwing myself over?", audio included. It's a moving target dictated by circumstances and all.
        Feb 4, 2021
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        Feb 4, 2021
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      4. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        I'm spending fluid, my finances usually circle the drain.
        Feb 5, 2021
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    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I should know this... I leave my Gungnir MB on 24x7. Necessary to do w/Modi MB, too, right?
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        all my SS gear (aside from Class A power amp that gets HOT) stays on 24/7 unless I'll be leaving the house for a week or more.
        Feb 4, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @E_Schaaf @Skyline lol... i like it when my amp progresses from cold start to warmed up. whoa... what just happened? ah... warm-up is real? :-)
        Feb 4, 2021
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I would.
        Feb 4, 2021
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      What was the beef with Gungnir MB A2?
      1. Skyline
        Skyline
        No beef. Just different flavor from the A1. A little cooler/more analytical sounding.
        Feb 3, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Skyline No wonder I like it so much. It really fits in well with my gear.
        Feb 3, 2021
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Basically, the A2 update had the Gungnir and Yggdrasil kind of swap places tonally. It's the reason why I went with Yggdrasil GS. Extrapolation says the Gungnir A2 would have also worked very well.
        Feb 3, 2021
    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m 6’ from speakers. Normal volume is low 70dB. Loud for me is low 80dB. Seems normal. What is considered ear-splitting? >85dB?
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        For me, 85+ is uncomfortable in both temperature in degrees Fahrenheit and in dB SPL. For parties I always bring ear plugs.
        Feb 2, 2021
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @ChaChaRealSmooth So true! When I bring the family to Dave and Busters, I found earplugs help tremendously in the game area.
        Feb 2, 2021
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        My colleague, who worked at Bell Labs for 26 years, cited internal reserach where their threshold of concern began at 80 to 82 dB SPL. I've always preferred 73 average 83 peak for 2 channel, and 68 avg to 78 peak for headphone listening.
        Feb 2, 2021
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    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Probably not news to audio veterans, but I’m surprised at how much preamps can impact sound.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @AdvanTech I was impressed with SYS as a preamp for my shitty integrated. Transparency, detail, soundstage. +++
        Feb 1, 2021
      4. bixby
        bixby
        I use a dac with a built in volume encoder, not sure if it is digital or analog. What I can say is it is more transparent, neutral, and dynamic compared to one of the best pres I have tried and owned (14 yrs), a deHavilland UltraVerve 6SN7 pre with Goldpoint volume control.
        Feb 1, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @bixby hmm... my phonostage can do analog to digital... I could actually run my turntable through a DAC with similar capabilities.
        Feb 1, 2021
    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Took Monster speaker wire out of secondary system. Replaced w/Sensible Speaker Cable (ELAC). ++ resolution, clarity, cleaner bass. Good!
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    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Any idea why source -> SYS -> Onkyo TX-8555 sounds better than source -> Onkyo or source -> Onkyo -> Onkyo pre-out -> SYS?
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Merrick it has a direct mode (tone controls bypassed) and also pure audio (bypasses any video signal, turns off display, bypasses tone control). I've tried 'em all. Good thing Vidar is on order. :-)
        Jan 30, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I’m not surprised. HT receivers are Swiss Army knives, great utilities but a specialized tool will always beat the general use tool equivalent on the do it all device.
        Jan 30, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Merrick Agree. A toaster oven doesn't do toast as well as a toaster, and it can't bake a pie like a full-sized oven. :-)
        Jan 30, 2021
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5, HeadRoom Micro DAC, Schiit Modi MB [mothballed]
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes], Magni 3 [mothballed], HeadRoom Micro
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE, Marantz CD5003
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya [Tung-Sol], Khozmo Passive Preamp (x2)
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555 [mothballed]
    Amplifier: Rotel RB-1582 MkII, Parasound NewClassic 2125v2
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR, Kenwood KD-2070
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO SAS/R], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello, Reloop Concorde w/STY10, Super OM-40
    Phonostage: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (also ADC), Parks Audio Puffin
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i, Dynaudio Evoke 10
    I'm pretty happy

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    SL-1210GR, KD-2070 | Gungnir MB, Modi MB | DCD-1600NE, CD5003 | DR-2 |
    NuWave Phono Converter, Puffin
    | Khozmo, Khozmo | RB-1582 MkII, NewClassic 2125v2 | Evoke 10, RT25i | SB-1000, R-110SW